Highwood pass is the highest paved road in Canada, and though it takes longer to get to Canmore than taking Highway 1, it’s definitely worth every second! The mountains are everywhere, and the rawness of nature is almost overwhelming. As luck would have it, I saw a grizzly bear, black bear, and plenty of mountain goats!
CANMORE, THE BOW RIVER, AND THREE SISTERS
I landed in Calgary and traveled on the Highwood Pass to the town of Canmore, this was one of the most beautiful places I’ve stayed. The lodge I stayed at is the Paintbox Lodge, the accommodations were very nice, and is within 5 minute walk to the Bow River, which I walked at sunset, and again at sunrise.
The air was thick with fog and clouds, which made for a nice image, full of mystery and feeling. The mountain range along the Bow River was mostly hidden by the low clouds, and the more popular mountains were the Three Sisters.
After breakfast we went on to the Banff National Park to see Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, both of which are stunning. Though Lake Louise is the more popular of the lakes, I found Moraine Lake more pleasant because of fewer tourists.
While at Lake Louise the crowds of tourists came out of the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in clouds. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a huge place at the entrance of the park.
Moraine Lake was about 15 minutes from Lake Louise, and those 15 minutes driving were spent going further up the mountains. Both lakes are glacier fed, and the water is a gorgeous turquoise color, with mountains shooting straight out of the water.
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